Good morning, TeamUHN!

It is a pleasure to connect with you across care, research, and education through this weekly CEO update – all in service of A Healthier World.

Key reminders and updates

  • UHN and West Park Healthcare Centre Agree to a Process to Explore a Merger. By now you may have seen that on July 7th, the Boards of West Park Healthcare Centre and UHN endorsed a process to explore a merger. At the core of this decision is the intention to leverage the significant resources and expertise of both organizations to develop a best in the world, tertiary and quaternary rehabilitation centre, setting the gold standard to contribute to positive patient outcomes well into the future. Please have a look at this video, produced by our Communications and Branding team, which highlights the potential of this partnership. As this undertaking progresses, we are fully committed to open and transparent communication, and plan to keep you informed, provide updates, and address any questions you may have. We encourage you to share your thoughts, suggestions, and any concerns throughout this journey; your insights will be invaluable. During this process, patient care and safety will remain our top priorities, and we anticipate no disruptions in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Toronto Rehab's Inpatient Stroke Services was awarded with "Distinction in Stroke Services" for the 5 th Stroke Accreditation cycle in a row. With this recognition from Accreditation Canada, Toronto Rehab's Brain Rehab Program has demonstrated national leadership in the provision of high‐quality stroke care. Please join me in congratulating the leadership, clinicians, and staff at Toronto Rehab on this fantastic achievement. Thank you for your outstanding commitment to excellence, innovation and exceptional quality care in stroke services.
  • New PET-CT Ribbon Cutting. On July 20th, cardiologists, radiologists, and staff celebrated the new PET-CT Scanner at Toronto Western Hospital. The Joint Department of Medical Imaging (UHN, Sinai Health, and Women's College Hospital) and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre now provide PET-CT rubidium scans for cardiac patients. Toronto Western Hospital is the first in the GTA to offer this specialized stress test, which accurately measures heart blood flow and means shorter exams, lower radiation, and more accurate diagnoses. Learn more about this leading-edge technology.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mark Bayley, who has just been named Chair of the Rehab Care Alliance. Many of you will know Dr. Bayley as the Physiatrist-in-Chief & Program Medical Director at Toronto Rehab. An accomplished health system leader, teacher and clinician scientist at KITE Research Institute and ICES, Dr. Bayley is well regarded for building high-performing local, provincial, national and international teams across the rehabilitative care space. This appointment is a great example of TeamUHN's commitment to building and strengthening partnerships with peers for the betterment of the broader health sciences ecosystem, and I have no doubt Dr. Bayley's role as Chair of the RCA will be instrumental for UHN as we continue to advance rehabilitative care in Ontario.
  • Reminder for TeamUHN members who source, purchase, receive or pay for goods and services to sign up for Project Agile Training Sessions! Project Agile is UHN's Finance, Procurement, and Supply Chain transformation – a significant undertaking to modernize the organization with an integrated finance, procurement, and supply chain system. There will be significant changes in the way TeamUHN will work when Project Agile goes live this November 2023, and as a result, we want to ensure the 3,000 TeamUHN members who will use the new system are set up for success. Project Agile education session have begun and will continue until go-live in November. Register now! These sessions will be tailored to demonstrate the new system's capabilities, provide information about necessary training, and have subject matter experts on hand to answer questions.

Closing Notes

Our video of the week. In this clip, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how our OR teams sterilize surgical instruments via flushing.


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